- Released: September 6, 1999
- Originally Released: 1999
- Label: Virgin Records Us
Rolling Stone - 12/11/03, p.120Ranked #107
in Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Albums Of All Time" - "[W]ith a new pop sound that seems just as modern today as it was then."
Rolling Stone - 1/6/72, pp.63-64
"...HUNKY DORY not only represents Bowie's most engaging album musically, but also finds him once more writing literally enough to let the listener examine his ideas comfortably..."
Q - 1/03, p.64
Included in Q Magazine's "100 Greatest Albums Ever"
NME (Magazine) - 10/2/93, p.29Ranked #38
in NME's list of the 'Greatest Albums Of All Time.'
NME (Magazine) - 9/18/93, p.19Ranked #12
in NME's list of The Greatest Albums Of The '70s.
- 2.Oh! You Pretty Things
- 3.Eight Line Poem
- 4.Life On Mars?
- 7.Fill Your Heart
- 8.Andy Warhol
- 9.Song For Bob Dylan
- 10.Queen Bitch
- 11.The Bewlay Brothers
Personnel: David Bowie (vocals, guitar, saxophone, piano); Mick Ronson (guitar); Rick Wakeman (piano); Trevor Bolder (bass); Mick Woodmansey (drums).
Producers: Ken Scott, Ken Scott, David Bowie
Composer: David Bowie.
Personnel: David Bowie (vocals, guitar, saxophone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, piano); David Bowie; Trevor Bolder (trumpet, bass instrument); Mick Ronson (vocals, guitar, Mellotron); Rick Wakeman (piano); Mick "Woody" Woodmansey (drums).
Audio Remixer: Ken Scott .
Liner Note Author: Kaz Akaiwa.
Recording information: Trident Studios, London, England.
Illustrator: Hamilton K. Wilson.
Photographers: Brian Ward ; Brian Wood.
Arrangers: Mick Ronson; Arthur Wright.
It seems hard to believe, given the career full of revolutionary and hugely influential stylistic shifts that followed, that this superb record was only David Bowie's fourth. Yet HUNKY DORY ranks alongside ZIGGY STARDUST, LOW, and SCARY MONSTERS as one of Bowie's finest and most consistent albums. Ironically, it is one of the artist's least rock-oriented efforts, bearing little relation to what came before or after in his discography. Instead, HUNKY DORY covers a wide range of styles from operatic pop ("Life on Mars?") to low-key folk ("Quicksand") to English music hall ditties ("Kooks").
There are standout tracks, most notably the glam-rock anthem "Oh, You Pretty Things!" and the chugging, life-affirming "Changes," which went on to become one of Bowie's all-time signature songs. But HUNKY DORY is solid from beginning to end, thanks to the fine musicians, Bowie's excellent songwriting, and the artist's now-mature sense of performance. These qualities fold such wild cards as the tongue-in-cheek celebrity send-up "Andy Warhol," the psychedelic folk of "The Bewlay Brothers," and exuberant jam of "Queen Bitch," the album's only overt rocker, neatly into the deck, making for the first of Bowie's truly indisputable masterpieces.